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Nov 26, 2022, 1:49 am

Saturday 26th November 2022 (starting this evening)
Time: 18:30 to 22:00 (3 hours and 30 minutes long)

Britten's the Rape of Lucretia.

Tom Service presents a production of Britten's The Rape of Lucretia, with Corinna Niemeyer conducting the Aurora Orchestra and a youthful cast at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Rome, 500BC. While her husband is away Lucretia, the wife of Roman general Collatinus, is raped by the prince Tarquinius. The following day, the traumatised Lucretia commits suicide. Like its immediate predecessor Peter Grimes, The Rape of Lucretia is a grim story exploring dark themes and Britten demonstrates his deep understanding of the most sinister corners of the human psyche. But despite all this, The Rape of Lucretia is a lyrical chamber opera with many beautiful moments. It's scored for small instrumental forces and an ensemble cast of soloists, with a title role written for legendary British contralto Kathleen Ferrier. She inspired Britten to write, in Lucretia's final aria, one of the most passionate vocal numbers he ever composed. In this new production by Oliver Mears, Lucretia is sung by Anne Marie Stanley, one of a cast of up-and-coming soloists drawn from two of the UK's most prestigious schemes for youthful musical talent: the Royal Opera House's Jette Parker Artists Programme and the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme. In the pit, Corinna Niemeyer conducts the ever-in-demand Aurora Orchestra. Recorded earlier this week at the Linbury Theatre and introduced by Tom in conversation with Kate Guthrie. Britten: The Rape of Lucretia. Act 1. 7.30 Interval. 7.45 Act 2. Anne Marie Stanley (mezzo: Lucretia), Carolyn Holt (mezzo: Bianca), Sarah Dufresne (soprano: Lucia), Jolyon Loy (baritone: Tarquinius), Anthony Reed (bass: Collatinus), Kieran Rayner (baritone: Junius), Sydney Baedke (soprano: Female Chorus), Michael Gibson (tenor: Male Choru), Aurora Orchestra, Corinna Niemeyer (conductor).

Dic 3, 2022, 1:41 am

Saturday 3rd December 2022 (starting this evening)
Time: 18:30 to 22:00 (3 hours and 30 minutes long)

Handel's Alcina.

Kate Molleson presents a production of Handel's Alcina from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, starring Lisette Oropesa as sorceress Alcina and Emily D'Angelo as the bewitched Ruggiero, together with Mary Bevan as Alcina's sister Morgana and Varduhi Abrahamyan as Ruggiero's abandoned wife Bradamante. Alcina has turned all her previous lovers into the animals who now populate her enchanted realm, but now Bradamante has discovered the island on a mission to find her lost husband - and so has young Oberto, seeking his father. Kate is also joined in conversation by Jeanette Winterson. Handel: Alcina. Lisette Oropesa (soprano: Alcina), Emily D'Angelo (mezzo: Ruggiero), Mary Bevan (soprano: Morgana), Varduhi Abrahamyan (mezzo: Bradamante), Rupert Charlesworth (tenor: Oronte, Morgana's lover), José Coca Loza (bass: Atlante (Melisso)), Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Christian Curnyn (conductor).

Dic 31, 2022, 1:54 am

Saturday 31st December 2022 (starting this evening)
Time: 18:30 to 22:00 (3 hours and 30 minutes long)

Humperdinck: Königskinder.

Marc Albrecht conducts the Dutch National Opera's production of Humperdinck's Königskinder, a fairy tale in three acts starring Daniel Behle and Olga Kulchynska. When a young man comes upon a goose-girl staring at her reflection in a stream, he has no reason to imagine that she has been trapped there by the machinations of a witch. And little does she know that this young man is the king's son and has left his father's castle in search of adventure, and is travelling incognito, disguised as a simple huntsman. They kiss, but their love - though real - is ultimately doomed. Humperdinck: Königskinder. Daniel Behle (tenor: King's son), Olga Kulchynska (soprano: Goose-Girl), Josef Wagner (baritone: Fiddler), Doris Soffel (contralto: Witch), Sam Carl (bass: Woodcutter), Michael Pflumm (tenor: Broom-maker), Henk Poort (baritone: Senior councillor), Roger Smeets (bass: Innkeeper), Kai Ruutel (mezzo: Innkeeper's daughter), Lucas van Lierop (tenor: Tailor), Eva Kroon (contralto: Stable girl), Anna Kemper (soprano: Broom-maker's daughter), Hans Pieter Herman (baritone: First gatekeeper), Christiaan Peters (contralto: Second gatekeeper), Yvonne Kok (mezzo: A Lady), Camille Joubert (violin: Love), Nieuw Amsterdam Children's Choir, Anaïs de la Morandais (children's chorus master), Dutch National Opera Chorus, Edward Ananian-Cooper (chorus master), Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Marc Albrecht (conductor).

Ene 7, 2023, 1:45 am

Saturday 7th January 2023 (starting this evening)
Time: 18:30 to 22:00 (3 hours and 30 minutes long)

Cherubini: Medea.

Debra Lew Harder is joined by commentator Ira Siff for a New York Metropolitan Opera production of Cherubini's Medea. Even by Greek myth standards, this is a gruesome tale where jealousy and vengeance collide with truly appalling results. Corinth, 1200 BCE, and Jason is about to be married to Glauce. The mother of his children Medea is not pleased and is determined to stop the wedding, sending a poisoned robe and crown to Glauce. Dating from the end of the 18th century, Luigi Cherubini's music - by turns fury-filled and movingly beautiful, elegant and tranquil - triumphantly meets the demands of this exacting drama. The title role has been a favourite of divas down the ages, perhaps most famously Maria Callas. Tonight, soprano Sondra Radvanovsky leads a starry cast, with the Met forces conducted by Carlo Rizzi. Sondra Radvanovsky (soprano: Medea), Janai Brugger (soprano: Glauce), Ekaterina Gubanova (soprano: Neris), Matthew Polenzani (tenor: Giasone), Michele Pertusi (bass: Creonte), Brittany Renee (soprano: First lady), Sarah Larsen (mezzo: Second lady), Christopher Job (bass-baritone: Leader of the King's guards), Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Carlo Rizzi (conductor).

Ene 13, 2023, 1:45 am

Friday 13th January 2023 (starting this evening)
Time: 19:00 to 22:00 (3 hours long)

Britten: Gloriana from English National Opera.

As a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, English National Opera presents a concert staging of Britten's Gloriana, starring Christine Rice in the title role. Recorded in December at the ENO Coliseum and presented by Martin Handley in conversation with Kate Kennedy. Queen Elizabeth: Christine Rice (soprano), Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex: Robert Murray (tenor), Frances, Countess of Essex: Paula Murrihy (mezzo), Charles Blount, Lord Mountjoy: Duncan Rock (baritone), Penelope (Lady Rich): Eleanor Dennis (soprano), Sir Robert Cecil: Charles Rice (baritone). Sir Walter Raleigh: David Soar (bass). Henry Cuffe: Alex Otterburn (baritone). A Lady-in-Waiting: Alexandra Oomens (soprano). A Housewife: Claire Barnett Jones (mezzo), The Spirit of the Masque: Innocent Masuku (tenor), A Blind Ballad Singer/The Recorder of Norwich: Willard White (bass), Chorus and Orchestra of English National Opera. Martyn Brabbins (conductor).

Ene 14, 2023, 1:46 am

Saturday 14th January 2023 (starting this evening)
Time: 18:30 to 21:30 (3 hours long)

Giordano: Fedora.

St Petersburg, winter, 1881. When Princess Fedora Romazov's fiance is shot and mortally wounded on the eve of their wedding, she points the finger at Count Loris Ipanoff. By the end of Act 2 (placated by Ipanoff's revelation that his wife and Fedora's fiancé were having an affair and that Ipanoff killed him in self-defence) Fedora has fallen in love with him, but the path of true love does not run smooth: Fedora has betrayed Ipanoff to his political enemies, who go after his family, and Iapnoff vows vengeance on the woman who set the wheels in motion. Despairing, Fedora admits that she is the culprit, drinks poison and dies in Ipanoff's arms. Debra Lew Harder is joined by commentator Ira Siff for a New York Met production of Giordano's Fedora, starring soprano Sonya Yoncheva in the title role, and Piotr Beczala as Ipanoff. Giordano: Fedora. Sonya Yoncheva (soprano: Fedora), Piotr Beczala (tenor: Loris Ipanoff), Rosa Feola (soprano: Olga), Artur Rucinski (baritone: De Siriex), Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Marco Armiliato (conductor).

Ene 21, 2023, 1:49 am

Saturday 21st January 2023 (starting this evening)
Time: 18:30 to 22:00 (3 hours and 30 minutes long)

Donizetti's L'Elisir d'amore.

A New York Met production of Donizetti's romantic comedy L'Elisir d'amore, starring Golda Schultz and Javier Camarena. Donizetti's tune-packed classic is a love story about a rich landowner and a poor peasant, but this is Cinderella in reverse as it is the woman who's wealthy. Nemorino has fallen for his boss, the beautiful Adina, and is in despair when she agrees to marry the boastful Sergeant Belcore. His only hope for a happy ending is Dr Dulcamara's fake love potion. Donizetti: L'Elisir d'amore. Golda Schultz (soprano: Adina), Javier Camarena (tenor: Nemorino), Davide Luciano (baritone: Sergeant Belcore), Ambrogio Maestri (baritone: Dr Dulcamara), Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Michele Gamba (conductor).

Ene 28, 2023, 1:54 am

Saturday 28th January 2023 (starting this evening)
Time: 18:30 to 22:00 (3 hours and 30 minutes long)

Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmélites.

A New York Met production of Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites, a devastating tragedy set in a French convent during the Revolution, starring Ailyn Perez, Sabine Devieilhe, Alice Coote, Christine Goerke and Jamie Barton. Poulenc's masterpiece was inspired by the true story of the Carmelite sisters of Compiègne in northern France, who were guillotined in Paris during the Reign of Terror in 1794 for refusing to renounce their faith. But the emotional heart of the opera is the fictional character of Blanche de la Force, the timid young aristocratic nun whose faith wavers but who finally finds the courage to die with her sisters. Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmélites. Ailyn Pérez (soprano: Sister Blanche), Sabine Devieilhe (soprano: Sister Constance), Alice Coote (mezzo: Madame de Croissy, Prioress), Christine Goerke (soprano: Madame Lidoine, the new Prioress), Jamie Barton (mezzo: Mother Marie, assistant Prioress), Piotr Buszewski (tenor: Chevalier de la Force, Blanche's brother), Laurent Naouri (bass-baritone: Marquis de la Force, their father), Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Bertrand de Billy (conductor).

Feb 4, 2023, 1:53 am

Saturday 4th February 2023 (starting this evening)
Time: 18:30 to 22:00 (3 hours and 30 minutes long)

Mozart's Così fan tutte.

A Bavarian State Opera production of Mozart's Così fan tutte, a comedy of manners that plumbs the depths of human emotion, starring Louise Alder, Sandrine Piau, Christian Gerhaher and Konstantin Krimmel, and conducted by Vladimir Jurowski. Mozart's wise and witty comedy about the power and illusions of romantic love is one of his most cleverly constructed and at the same time most sensual scores. Through a cranky plot device, two sets of lovers are realigned in a partner-swap scenario, and the ensuing confusions are a springboard for moments of comedy that suddenly switch to deep pathos. This new production by Australian director Benedict Andrews, recorded at the Bavarian State opera in October, clearly underlined the ambiguous and elusive nature of sexual desire with inflatable Disney doll castles contrasted with dirty mattresses and assorted bedroom accoutrements. Presented by Georgia Mann with commentary from opera expert Flora Willson. Mozart: Così fan tutte. Louise Alder (soprano: Fiordiligi), Avery Amereau (contralto: Dorabella), Konstantin Krimmel (baritone: Guglielmo), Sebastian Kohlhepp (tenor: Ferrando), Sandrine Piau (soprano: Despina), Christian Gerhaher (bass-baritone: Don Alfonso), Bavarian State Opera Chorus, Bavarian State Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski (conductor).

Feb 11, 2023, 1:47 am

Saturday 11th February 2023 (starting this evening)
Time: 18:30 to 21:00 (2 hours and 30 minutes long)

Janacek's Jenufa.

A production of Janacek's Jenufa from the Theater an der Wien, Vienna, starring Svetlana Aksenova and Nina Stemme, and conducted by Marc Albrecht. Set in a small-minded, claustrophobic rural community, Jenufa is a drama of love and sacrifice in which the mother-daughter relationship of Jenufa and Kostelnicka takes centre stage. In a morally complex plot it is the unbending, dogmatic Kostelnicka who is the one character ready to step outside the harsh rules of society, committing one of the most horrific crimes in order to give her daughter a chance in life. Janacek: Jenufa. Svetlana Aksenova (soprano: Jenufa), Nina Stemme (soprano: Kostelnicka Buryjovka), Pavol Breslik (tenor: Steva Buryja), Pavel Cernoch (tenor: Laca Klemen), Hanna Schwarz (contralto: Grandmother Buryjovka), Zoltán Nagy (baritone: Stárek, Mill foreman), Alexander Teliga (bass: Mayor), Václava Krejci Housková (mezzo-soprano: Mayor's wife), Valentina Petraeva (mezzo-soprano: Karolka), Natalia Kawalek (mezzo-soprano: Herdswoman), Juliette Mars (mezzo-soprano: Barena, maidservant at the mill), Anita Rosati (soprano: Jano, Young shepherd), Arnold Schoenberg Chorus, ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vienna, Marc Albrecht (conductor).

Feb 18, 2023, 1:45 am

Saturday 18th February 2023 (starting this evening)
Time: 18:30 to 21:00 (2 hours and 30 minutes long)

Britten: The Turn of The Screw.

Kate Molleson introduces production of Britten's The Turn of the Screw from the Béla Bartók National Concert Hal in Budapest, starring Miah Persson. The opera, based on Henry James's sinister novella, explores the themes of childhood, loss of innocence, night, transgression and evil, all of which preoccupied Britten. A governess arrives at a large country house, the only occupants of which are housekeeper Mrs Grose and orphans Miles and Flora. Charged by their absent guardian with looking after the children, the governess becomes aware of two mysterious figures, identified by the housekeeper as valet Peter Quint and former governess Miss Jessel - who are both dead. But at night their malign, ghostly manifestations call to the children and the governess attempts to protect them. Britten: The Turn of the Screw - Act One. 7.25 Interval: Kate explores the themes of the opera with Ivan Fischer, and talks to best-selling author Neil Gaiman about the reasons behind humankind's enduring fascination with ghost stories. 7.45 Act Two. Miah Persson (soprano: Governess), Laura Aikin (soprano: Mrs Grose), Andrew Staples (tenor: Prologue/Peter Quint), Allison Cook (soprano: Miss Jessel), Benjamin Fletcher (treble: Miles), Lucy Barlow (soprano: Flora), Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer (conductor).

Feb 25, 2023, 1:43 am

Saturday 25th February 2023 (starting this evening)
Time: 18:30 to 22:00 (3 hours and 30 minutes long)

Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.

Presenter Deborah Lew Harder is joined by commentator Ira Siff for a New York Metropolitan Opera production of Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. The opera tells a tragic tale of adultery and murder as bored and lonely heroine Katerina falls in love with one of her husband's workers, Sergei. Her treachery leads to a gruesome series of murders and ultimately to her end. Soprano Svetlana Sozdateleva leads the cast with tenor Brandon Jovanovic as Sergei, in a performance recorded at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York last October. Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.Svetlana Sozdateleva (soprano: Katerina Ismailova), Brandon Jovanovich (tenor: Sergei), John Relyea (bass-baritone: Boris Ismailov), Nikolai Schukoff (tenor: Zinovy Ismailov), Felicia Moore (soprano: Aksinya), Alexey Shishlyaev (bass-baritone: Police sergeant), Rodell Rosel (tenor: Shabby peasant), Alexander Tsymbalyuk (bass: Old convict), Maria Barakova (mezzo: Sonyetka), Goran Juric (bass: Priest), Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Keri-Lynn Wilson (conductor).

Mar 4, 2023, 1:43 am

Saturday 4th March 2023 (starting this evening)
Time: 18:30 to 22:30 (4 hours long)

Wagner's Tannhäuser.

Andrew McGregor presents a Royal Opera House production of Wagner's Tannhäuser, starring tenor Norbert Ernst, soprano Lise Davidsen and baritone Gerald Finley, with commentary from opera expert Nigel Simeone. A medieval minstrel, ensnared by the chains of concupiscence and lust, awakens from a miasmic trance of sensual pleasure and desire and yearns for salvation. He rejoins the chaste community of poet-musicians in which he had previously reigned supreme and in a song competition on the theme of love and its true essence, he reveals the unrestrained hedonism of his previous life. The outraged nobles expel him and he joins a pilgrimage to Rome to seek absolution from the Pope in atonement for his sins. Wagner: Tannhäuser. Norbert Ernst (tenor: Tannhäuser), Lise Davisden (soprano: Elisabeth), Gerald Finley (baritone: Wolfram), Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo: Venus), Mika Kares (bass: Hermann), Michael Kraus (baritone: Biterolf), Egor Zhuravskii (tenor: Walther), )Michael Gibson (tenor: Heinrich der Schreiber), Jeremy White, (bass: Reinmar), Sarah Dufresne (soprano: A young shepherd), Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Sebastian Weigle (conductor).

Mar 11, 2023, 1:42 am

Saturday 11th March 2023 (starting this evening)
Time: 18:30 to 22:00 (3 hours and 30 minutes long)

Verdi's La Traviata.

A New York Metropolitan Opera production of Verdi's La Traviata, starring Angel Blue as Violetta and Dmytro Popov as Alfredo, presented by Deborah Lew Harder with commentary fromIra Siff. Tragic courtesan Violetta falls in love with Alfredo, whose father Germont condemns her colourful past and persuades her to leave his son, unaware of the ultimate tragic sacrifice she will make for him. The score contains some of Verdi's most intimate and heartfelt music, conducted tonight by Nicola Luisotti. Verdi: La Traviata. Angel Blue (soprano: Violetta Valéry), Dmytro Popov (tenor: Alfredo Germont), Artur Rucinski (baritone: Giorgio Germont), Megan Marino (mezzo: Flora Bervoix), Eve Gigliotti (soprano: Annina), David Blalock (tenor: Gastone), Christopher Job (bass: Marquis d'Obigny), Adam Lau (bass: Dr Grenvil), Patrick Miller (bass: Giuseppe), Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Nicola Luisotti (conductor).

Mar 18, 2023, 2:50 am

Saturday 18th March 2023 (starting this evening)
Time: 18:00 to 22:30 (4 hours and 30 minutes long)

Wagner's Lohengrin.

A New York Metropolitan Opera production of Wagner's Lohengrin, starring tenor Piotr Beczala in the title role, with soprano Tamara Wilson as his doomed lover Elsa. Based on a German medieval romance, the noble and pure knight Lohengrin is sent to defend and protect Elsa. As the couple fall madly in love, a dark conspiracy mired in treason and jealousy threatens to undermine them, with tragic consequences. Presented by Debra Lew Harder, in conversation with Ira Siff. Wagner: Lohengrin. Piotr Beczala (tenor: Lohengrin), Tamara Wilson (soprano: Elsa von Brabant), Christine Goerke (soprano: Ortrud), Evgeny Nikitin (baritone: Friedrich von Telramund), Günther Groissböck (bass: Heinrich I), Brian Mulligan (bass-baritone: Herald), Chorus & Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera House, Yannick Nezet-Seguin (conductor).

Mar 25, 2023, 2:48 am

Saturday 25th March 2023 (starting this evening)
Time: 18:30 to 22:00 (3 hours and 30 minutes long)

Bellini's Norma.

A New York Metropolitan Opera production of Bellini's Norma, with Sonya Yoncheva taking the title role as the Gaulish priestess who falls for a Roman - not just an enemy of her people, but an unfaithful one too. In this all-star production of a tragic masterpiece, Pollione is sung by Michael Spyres, with Ekaterina Gubanova as Adalgisa, the younger priestess he now prefers to Norma. Presented by Debra Lew Harder, in conversation with Ira Siff. Bellini: Norma. Sonya Yoncheva (soprano: Norma), Michael Spyres (tenor: Pollione), Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo: Adalgisa), Christian Van Horn (bass-baritone: Oroveso), Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Maurizio Benini (conductor).

Abr 1, 2023, 1:48 am

Saturday 1st April 2023 (starting this evening)
Time: 18:30 to 22:00 (3 hours and 30 minutes long)

Verdi: Falstaff.

A New York Metropolitan Opera House production of Verdi's Falstaff, conducted by Daniele Rustioni and starring Michael Volle in the title role as the roguish knight gleefully tormented by a trio of clever women who deliver his comeuppance. Presented by Debra Lew Harder with commentary from Ira Siff. Verdi: Falstaff. Michael Volle (baritone: Sir John Falstaff), Christopher Maltman (baritone: Ford), Ailyn Pérez (soprano: Alice Ford), Hera Hyesang Park (soprano: Nanetta), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (contralto: Mistress Quickly), Jennifer Johnson Cano (mezzo: Met Page), Bogdan Volkov (tenor: Fenton), Carlo Bosi (tenor: Dr Caius), Chauncey Packer (tenor: Bardolfo), Richard Bernstein (bass: Pistola), Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Daniele Rustioni (conductor).

Abr 8, 2023, 1:40 am

Saturday 8th April 2023 (starting this evening)
Time: 18:30 to 22:00 (3 hours and 30 minutes long)

Puccini's Tosca.

Debra Lew Harder presents a New York Metropiltan Opera production of Puccini's Tosca, with commentary by Ira Siff. Gheorghiu takes the title role title role of opera singer Floria Tosca caught up in political conflict in Rome, with Matthew Polenzani as her lover Cavaradossi, a painter with republican sympathies who she tries to save from the sadistic police chief Scarpia. Puccini: Tosca. Angela Gheorghiu (soprano: Floria Tosca), Yusif Eyvazov (tenor: Mario Cavaradossi), Zeljko Lucic (baritone: Baron Scarpia), Patrick Carfizzi (baritone: Sacristan), Brenton Ryan (tenor: Spoletta), Christopher Job (bass: Sciarrone), Kevin Short (bass: Cesare Angelotti), Paul Corona (bass: Jailer), Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Domingo Hindoyan (conductor).

Abr 15, 2023, 1:43 am

Saturday 15th April 2023 (starting this evening)
Time: 18:00 to 22:30 (4 hours and 30 minutes long)

Der Rosenkavalier from the Met.

Debra Lew Harder presents a New York Met production of Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier. The ageing Marschallin knows that, despite his protestations, one day her lover Octavian will fall for a younger woman. When Octavian is chosen to perform the presentation of the rose ceremony to the beautiful young Sophie, Marschallin's worst fears are confirmed. With its mixture of Viennese waltzes, comedy, and the most sumptuous vocal writing, Strauss's opera has the lot and Simone Young conducts a stellar cast featuring Lise Davidsen, Samantha Hankey, Erin Morley and Günther Groissböck. R Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier. Lise Davidsen (soprano: Marschallin), Samantha Hankey (mezzo: Octavian), Erin Morley (soprano: Sophie), Günther Groissböck (bass: Baron Ochs), Brian Mulligan (baritone: Faninal), Katharine Goeldner (mezzo: Annina), René Barbera (tenor: Italian singer), Thomas Ebenstein (tenor: Valzacchi), Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Simone Young (conductor).

Abr 29, 2023, 1:43 am

Saturday 29th April 2023 (starting this evening)
Time: 18:30 to 22:00 (3 hours and 30 minutes long)

Mozart's Idomeneo.

A New York Metropolitan Opera production of Mozart's Idomeneo, presented by Debra Lew Harder, in conversation with Ira Siff. King of Crete Idomeneo is sailing home from war through stormy waters that will only abate when he swears he will offer as a sacrifice the first person he sees on landing, which happens to be his son Idamante. When he tries to go back on his promise, Crete is afflicted by destruction, and the king realises he must choose between his son and his people. Tenor Michael Spyres sings the title role, alongside mezzo Kate Lindsey as the noble prince Idamante and soprano Ying Fang as his conflicted beloved Ilia. Mozart: Idomeneo. Michael Spyres (tenor: Idomeneo), Kate Lindsey (mezzo: Idamante), Ying Fang (soprano: Ilia), Federica Lombardi (soprano: Elettra), Paolo Fanale (tenor: Arbace), Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Manfred Honeck (conductor).

mayo 13, 2023, 1:45 am

Saturday 13th May 2023 (starting this evening)
Time: 18:30 to 22:00 (3 hours and 30 minutes long)

Puccini's La Bohème.

A New York Metropolitan Opera production of Puccini's La Bohème, starring soprano Eleonora Buratto as Mimì and tenor Stephen Costello as Rodolfo. Dreamy poet Rodolfo falls for seamstress Mimì, literally the girl next door, and this popular favourite follows them and their friends through the joys and sorrows of love and loss as they struggle to make ends meet in the Montmartre garrets of 19-century Paris. Presented by Debra Lew Harder, with commentary from Ira Siff. Puccini: La Bohème. Eleonora Buratto (soprano: Mimì), Stephen Costello (tenor: Rodolfo), Sylvia D'Eramo (soprano: Musetta), Davide Luciano (baritone: Marcello), Alexey Lavrov (baritone: Schaunard), Christian Van Horn (bass-baritone: Colline), Donald Maxwell (baritone: Benoit/Alcindoro), Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor).

Jun 3, 2023, 1:41 am

Saturday 3rd June 2023 (starting this evening)
Time: 18:30 to 22:00 (3 hours and 30 minutes long)

Mozart's the Magic Flute.

Presenter Debra Lew Harder is joined by commentator Ira Siff as Nathalie Stutzmann conducts Mozart's fairy-tale comedy The Magic Flute at the New York Metropolitan Opera. Erin Morley stars as Pamina and Lawrence Brownlee as Tamino, the prince who hopes to win her, with only a magic flute to protect him against the dark powers of her mother the Queen of the Night. This daring new staging by English director Simon McBurney raised the orchestra pit so that singers and players could interact. Mozart: The Magic Flute. Erin Morley (soprano: Pamina), Lawrence Brownlee (tenor: Tamino), Kathryn Lewek (soprano: Queen of the Night), Stephen Milling (bass: Sarastro), TBC (soprano: Papagena), Thomas Oliemans (baritone: Papageno), Brenton Ryan (tenor: Monostatos), Harold Wilson (bass: Speaker), Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Nathalie Stutzmann (conductor).

Jun 10, 2023, 1:38 am

Saturday 10th June 2023 (starting this evening)
Time: 18:30 to 22:00 (3 hours and 30 minutes long)

The Flying Dutchman from the Met.

Debra Lew Harder and Ira Siff present a New York Metropolitan Opera production of Wagner: The Flying Dutchman, starring Tomasz Konieczny and Elza van den Heever. A storm drives Daland's ship several miles away from his home and as his crew rest, a ghostly ship draws up next to his, captained by a Dutchman. His fate is to dock every seven years in order to look for a wife who, if faithful, will redeem him from his plight. Will Daland's daughter Senta be the woman he needs? Wagner: The Flying Dutchman. Tomasz Konieczny (baritone: The Dutchman), Elza van den Heever (soprano: Senta), Dmitry Bellosselskiy (bass: Daland), Eric Cutler (tenor: Erik), Richard Trey Smagur (tenor: Helmsman), Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, Thomas Guggeis (conductor).

Jun 24, 2023, 1:38 am

Saturday 24th June 2023 (starting this evening)
Time: 18:30 to 22:00 (3 hours and 30 minutes long)

Berg's Wozzeck.

From the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Antonio Pappano conducts a new production of Berg's disturbing masterpiece in which a victimised and downtrodden soldier is driven to madness and murder. Christian Gerhaher stars as the tortured anti-hero Wozzeck, with Anja Kampe his doomed wife Marie. Martin Handley presents, and is joined in the box by writer and broadcaster Gillian Moore to discuss Berg's score, and whether it still has the power to shock now like it did at its premiere in 1925. Berg: Wozzeck. Christian Gerhaher (baritone: Wozzeck), Anja Kampe (soprano: Marie), Peter Hoare (tenor: Captain), Brindley Sherratt (bass: Doctor), Rosie Aldridge (mezzo: Margret), Clay Hilley (tenor: Drum major), Sam Furness (tenor: Andres), Barnaby Rea (bass: First apprentice), Alex Otterburn (baritone: Second apprentice), John Findon (tenor: The Fool), Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano (conductor) c 8.30 Brahms orch. Schoenberg: Piano Quartet No 1 in G minor, Op 25. Berlin Philharmonic, Simon Rattle (conductor). Beethoven: Sonata in G, Op 96, for violin and piano. Isabelle Faust (violin), Alexander Melnikov (piano).

Jul 1, 2023, 1:36 am

Saturday 1st July 2023 (starting this evening)
Time: 18:30 to 22:00 (3 hours and 30 minutes long)

Verdi's Il Trovatore.

Georgia Mann presents a production of Verdi's epic melodrama Il Trovatore from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, with Riccardo Massi as the troubadour of the title and Jamie Barton as his mother Azucena. The opera's story is set in the 15th century and driven by the power of superstition inherent to that era, and this new version by Adele Thomas takes visual inspiration from the fantastical paintings of Hieronymus Bosch. As guest commentator Sarah Hibberd points out, Il Trovatore is a classic of the over-the-top 19th-century genre of melodrama.as brothers Manrico and the Conte di Luna battle for the love of Leonora. Verdi: Trovatore. Rachel Willis-Sorensen (soprano: Leonora), Jamie Barton (mezzo: Azucena), Roberto Massi (tenor: Manrico), Ludovic Tézier (baritone: Conte di Luna), Roberto Tagliavini (bass: Ferrando, Luna's sidekick), Gabriele Kupsyte (mezzo: Ines), Michael Gibson (tenor: Ruiz), John Morrissey (bass: Old gypsy), Andrew O'Connor (tenor: Messenger), Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano (conductor).

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